Zoom BN3 Looping feature live

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Leroy Huizenga, Feb 14, 2021.

  1. Leroy Huizenga

    Leroy Huizenga

    Feb 19, 2018
    Hi friends. Sometimes my hobby band (www.facebook.com/therulend) plays small gigs as a three piece sans lead guitar (our guitarist lives 2 hours away). I'd like to do some things like U2's With or Without You using the BN3 looping feature playing the bass line (which is the same four notes over and over and over and over again) while playing lead guitar on the song. But (1) I can't really figure out how to use the looper in general even after searching the TalkBass threads and (2) not sure if I could prerecord the loop at home and then have it ready to go to play on stage live with me on lead. Any help appreciated.
  2. GH van Dijk

    GH van Dijk

    Feb 12, 2019
    No, the B3N doesn't save your loops, you have to do it live, or use an other looper.
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  3. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    It's a live looper. Very convenient, well thought but you can't keep recorded lines.
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  4. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
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    To use the simplest looper, just tap on the downbeat and play your riff, then tap again at the next downbeat after the end of the riff, then it'll just repeat whatever you played. it's really easy to use. but can't save loops, sorry, you have to build them "live" each time. You need a much fancier looper to do canned loops.
  5. Leroy Huizenga

    Leroy Huizenga

    Feb 19, 2018
    Thanks friends. Now I know. I could probably do the above live and while not nearly as professional as one would hope would work for our low level purposes, just have to switch from bass to lead once the loop is recorded. Might distract the drunk guy at the front table from asking for "Wagon Wheel" a third time...
  6. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    Thunderstruck, with or without you, papa was a rolling stone, any song with a 2 bar riff as a bass line will be easy to implement.
    You can do a lot more with an additional part you can bring in and out with a bit of use.
    If you wnat longer or more complicated than that it takes another kind of unit.
  7. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    You could always hire a bass player.:)
  8. Leroy Huizenga

    Leroy Huizenga

    Feb 19, 2018
    Yup. And they are many. (While we're at it, Vive la France! I once played a Claude Bolling piece, Baroque and Blue, back in the day when I was in a jazz band.)
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  9. Leroy Huizenga

    Leroy Huizenga

    Feb 19, 2018
    Heh. That's me. Our guitarist was here in town, but then for family and work moved two hours away, so sometimes when we have a one night thing at a small place that seats like 50 for which we're getting like $150 it's not worth it to drive down etc, we do the 3 piece sans lead...I guess I don't trust anyone else on bass:) Because contrary to mainstream assumption it requires more talent than it looks like. As we all know.
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